quotes tagged with 'habeascorpus'

Why suspend the habeas corpus in insurrections and rebellions? The parties who may be arrested may be charged instantly with a well defined crime; of course, the judge will remand them. If the public safety requires that the government should have a man imprisoned on less probable testimony in those than in other emergencies, let him be taken and tried, retaken and retried, while the necessity continues, only giving him redress against the government for damages. Examine the history of England. See how few of the cases of the suspension of the habeas corpus law have been worthy of that suspension. They have been either real treasons, wherein the parties might as well have been charged at once, or sham plots, where it was shameful they should ever have been suspected. Yet for the few cases wherein the suspension of the habeas corpus has done real good, that operation is now become habitual and the minds of the nation almost prepared to live under its constant suspension.
Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: Letter to James Madison, 1788. ME 7:97Saved by cboyack in liberty freedom rebellion habeascorpus insurrection 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The Habeas Corpus secures every man here, alien or citizen, against everything which is not law, whatever shape it may assume.
Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: Letter to A. H. Rowan, 1798. ME 10:61Saved by cboyack in liberty freedom habeascorpus 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Freedom of the person under the protection of the habeas corpus I deem [one of the] essential principles of our government.
Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: First Inaugural Address, 1801. ME 3:322Saved by cboyack in liberty freedom habeascorpus 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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